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Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere

Interesting initiative from the Berkman Center on the Russian Blogosphere (Thanks to Carol Rossini for sharing this with Diplo IGCBP Alumni)

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From: Seth Young
Date: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 6:17 AM
Subject: [report-release-list] New Berkman Center research: Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere
To: report-release-and-press-list@eon.law.harvard.edu

Good morning,

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to announce
a new paper analyzing the Russian blogosphere:

“Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet
Politics and Mobilization” http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2010/Public_Discourse_Rus...

by Bruce Etling, Karina Alexanyan, John Kelly, Rob Faris, John
Palfrey, and Urs Gasser

This research is being debuted publicly at 10:00 am ET this
at the United States Institute of Peace; the
conversation is being webcast live: http://www.usip.org/newsroom/webcasts

"Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics
and Mobilization" is the first release from the Berkman Center's
Russian Internet research project. With funding from the MacArthur
Foundation, the Berkman Center is undertaking a two-year project to
investigate the role of the Internet in Russian society. The study
will include a number of interrelated areas of inquiry that
contribute to and draw upon the Russian Internet, including the
Russian blogosphere, Twitter, and the online media ecology. For more
information about the Berkman Center's Russia research, please
visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/russia

For this paper, the authors analyzed Russian blogs to discover
networks of discussion around politics and public affairs. Beginning
with an initial set of over five million blogs, they used social
network analysis to identify a highly active ‘Discussion Core’ of
over 11,000. These were clustered according to long term patterns of
citations within posts, and the resulting segmentation characterized
through both automated and human content analysis. For a list of key
findings, an imagine of the RuNet map, and access to the full paper,
please visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2010/Public_Discourse_Rus...

As always, we welcome your feedback.

Seth Young
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University


About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its
study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a
generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is
home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and
affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of
intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More
information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.

To change your Berkman mailing list subscriptions, please visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved

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